City and Borough of Sitka

Press Releases and Public Service Announcements



Police and Fire Commission Meeting


The Police & Fire Commission will meet Wednesday, February 21st at 6 PM in Centennial Hall.  Items on the agenda include review of an ordinance recommendation to the Assembly raising the Minimum Legal Sale Age of Tobacco Products to 21 years of age and a Presentation on Comment Period for the Sitka Comprehensive Plan 2030. This meeting is open to the public.



Planning Commission Meeting


The Planning Commission will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 22, 2018 in Harrigan Centennial Hall, 330 Seward Street. The meeting is open to the public. Click on the link below for more information:



Elizabeth Peratrovich Day Programming at SPL


In recognition of Elizabeth Peratrovich Day, Sitka Public Library presents a public reading by Bob Sam, Friday, February 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Library. Everyone is welcome. Please call the Library at 747-8708 for more information.



Love Your Library


Sitka Public Library kicks off a new program, Love Your Library, a community engagement campaign on social media for residents of Sitka to share book & movie recommendations with each other. Every week, Sitka Public Library hopes to post a photo of someone taken at the Library with their favorite library resource and a brief quote about why they love the Library or library resource. It can be any material (book, movie, CD, periodical or materials from the Local History Room) or highlighting a service or program at the Library – or even just the view from the windows! Drop by the Library on Tuesday, February 13, from 6:30 to 7:30, or anytime during Library hours, and tell us why you Love Your Library.


For more information, please call the library at 747-8708.



Electric Meter Accessibility Reminder


With winter approaching, the City and Borough of Sitka’s Electric Department would like to take a moment to remind our customers of the importance of accessibility in regards to your electric meter. Reduced daylight and inclement weather can make reading and servicing your meter more difficult and hazardous during the winter months. The City asks that you please take a few moments to make sure there is a clear path to access your electric meter, as well as clear away any vegetation or other obstructions that may restrict visibility or access to your electrical service. The Electric Department thanks you for your help in making sure that we are able to continue serve you in the safest, most efficient way possible.



Changes to Recycling Program


The City and Borough of Sitka Recycling Center will no longer be accepting Plastics 3 through 7 or mixed paper for recycle. Worldwide demand for recyclable products has declined and forced Republic Services, our waste collection contractor, to stop accepting the materials. Cardboard, Tin, Aluminum, glass, and plastics 1 and 2 will continue to be collected. For more information, visit We apologize for any inconvenience.



Changes to the Seasonal Sales Tax Rate and Tax Cap


The City and Borough of Sitka Tax office would like to remind all citizens of changes to the seasonal sales tax and tax cap exemption effective October 1st. The seasonal sales tax will return to the winter rate of 5%, through March 31, 2018, and the tax cap will increase to $12,000. Both will go into effect this Sunday, October 1st. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Tax Office at 747-1840 or email



Crescent Harbor Playground to Remain Open Amidst Construction

The City and Borough of Sitka and contractor CBC Construction will begin work on the Crescent Harbor lift station site, adjacent the Crescent Harbor Playground, on Monday, May 22nd. The Crescent Harbor playground will remain open during the construction work. The contractor will be relocating the playground fence but access will remain open via the gate near the tennis courts. We apologize for any inconvenience.



SPL Accepts Most Major Credit/Debit Cards

Sitka Public Library now accepts most major credit/debit cards for electronic payments on library account balances. Patrons can make these payments by accessing their account page from the library’s electronic catalog, using their library card number and PIN. In person payments to Sitka Public Library may still be made by cash or check. 


The new system has been put in place to increase convenience and efficiency, as a feature of our being part of the Alaska Joint Library Consortium, which allows over 60% of Alaskans to share resources among public, academic, and research libraries around the state. To receive assistance with making online payments, or for any further information, please visit us at 320 Harbor Drive, call (907) 747-8708, or email



Changes to Electric Utility Policies

The City and Borough of Sitka Assembly recently approved changes to the Electric Utility Policies, including elimination of courtesy disconnection notices, increased fees for disconnects, rate increases and other changes to service connection, billing and credit policies. If you need information about the many convenient ways to pay your bill or are struggling to pay, contact the City and Borough of Sitka at 747-1818.



Go Paperless with the City

The City now offers paperless billing and online bill pay for utility accounts. You can also view and print statements, view consumption statements, and reprint bills.


To access your account, you will need a PIN number designated to your account. Please call 747-1818 to receive your PIN number and instruction on how to access your account online. 



Moller Park Playground Closures

The west and east playgrounds at Lower Moller Park are closed until further notice. The City and Borough of Sitka’s number one priority is safety and a recent audit shows that the playgrounds are not in compliance with safety standards. The City and Borough of Sitka Parks and Recreation Department apologizes for the inconvenience. For more information, call Public Works Department at 747-1804.



Utility Customer Service Hours at City Hall

Effective December 1st, Utility Customer Service hours at City hall will be 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. Telephonic Customer Service will be limited.